Restaurant Reviews

Chefs of Napoli

Chefs of Napoli turns out an impressive menu; the marinara is just perfect and the seafood is not only fresh but cooked perfectly thanks to the culinary skills of Chefs Antonio Cacace and Luigi Barile who grew up in Italy in the coastal town of Pozzuoli close to Naples.

I started with Carpaccio — an Italian term for raw beef filet. Yes, raw but so delicious. The beef is chilled and then sliced paper-thin and served with shaved Parmesan, capers, salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon juice. It's a classic.

Yankee Bean: where homemade soups reign supreme

Don’t blink or you might miss this gem of a restaurant tucked just off Alt. 19 in Tarpon Springs. Opened in October 2006, it’s a wonderful little place owned by wonderful people. Just 30 minutes drive from Hernando County, it’s well worth a visit.

The owners, Jeanne and Manuel Tsongranis, were raised in traditional Greek and Italian homes, and rely on their family tradition of fresh ingredients and good taste. They make trips to the market everyday and handpick only the freshest seasonal ingredients to make their menu items the tastiest you’ll come across in Florida.

Sam’s Beach Bar: A fresh air dining experience

If you enjoy a fresh-air, outdoor dining experience, then Sam’s Beach Bar and Restaurant in Hudson is the place to go for a casual dining experience.

Located right on the waterfront, Sam’s Beach Bar & Restaurant serves up wonderful food with a stellar view.

The horseshoe-shaped bar is inviting with its brightly colored bar stools and wood paneling and is fully stocked for every kind of cocktail at Happy Hour or an after-dinner drink. It’s popular with the locals to enjoy a convivial conversation or an evening meal with friends.

Good food: Ringing in the New Year

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For most of us, the traditional way to welcome in the New Year is a toast of Champagne and a kiss for a loved one.

But for millions of revelers around the world, New Year’s Eve is a time to eat symbolic treats in the hopes of bringing luck, good health and prosperity in future times. The foods vary from culture to culture but all are said to bring good fortune and help let go of the old year.

At Eli’s Cafe, you’re family

At Eli’s Cafe, you’re family

Eli’s cafe is located on US19 in the Rural King plaza. There is a counter in the front and you have to walk down a short hall to get to the dining room. There is a medium sized dining room and they can accommodate decent sized parties.

I don’t think I’ve ever been at a restaurant where the owner was so interactive with customers. It’s like walking into Eli’s living room. Eli greets his customers with a hug or introduces himself with a handshake. Eli and the staff joke with the customers and they tell awesome stories.

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